Alumni In the News

Quinn VanAntwerp to perform in Broadway in Concert Series

"Theatre West's acclaimed Broadway in Concert series returns for the company's 65th anniversary season with an exciting line up of stars. Cast member from Broadway and film production of Jersey Boys' Quinn VanAntwerp in Oh What a Night (Saturday, February 3, 2018; and Los Angeles and San Francisco's own Wicked Elphaba, Eden Espinosa, Saturday, March 31, 2018."

After his long run on Broadway as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, Quinn VanAntwerp (BA 2008) has been touring with The Midtown Men, and has a pivotal arc as Robert Alley on season three of Better Call Saul

UCI Drama alumni Karyn Lawrence works as Lighting Designer in several shows

Karyn Lawrence (BA 2007/MFA 2012), winner of a 2016 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Lighting for her work on Fences, has worked as Lighting Designer on five shows this year thus far, including Next to Normal at East West Players and Moby Dick at South Coast Repertory.

UCI Drama alumni performing in the Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon'

True to the Department of Drama's long-standing reputation of training the future stars of Broadway, three UCI Drama alumni are currently performing in the Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon': Jacob Haren (BFA 2013) can be seen on Broadway; Jacob Ben-Shmuel (BFA 2017) and Oge Agulué (MFA 2015) are featured in the Jumamosi Tour. Jacob and Oge will be performing during the Jumamosi Tour run March 20 - April 1, 2018 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Tickets are available at

UCI Drama alumni in 'Frozen' at Disneyland Resort’s Hyperion Theatre

Two UCI Drama alumni are currently working on Frozen at Disneyland Resort’s Hyperion Theatre; Ashley Moniz (BA 2009) is performing as Anna, and Nathaniel Chase (MFA 2017) is working as an Assistant Stage Manager.

UCI Alum inspired by Dance Professor to Teach

“I was also very influenced and encouraged by Jo Dierdorff and Rita Chenoweth, my professors at RCC, my choreography teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, Wade Madsen, and my faculty advisor and mentor at UCI, the great Donald McKayle.”

DanceWatch: Dancer Ching Ching Wong says good-bye

"Ching Ching Wong has danced for NW Dance Project for the past seven years. When she and I sat down this past weekend to talk, we estimated that she had danced approximately 70 new dances in her seven years with the company. If you’re wondering if that’s a lot? It is. It’s a whole lot. Wong’s contribution to the company is immeasurable.

This weekend she will be performing with NW Dance Project for the last time just days before she leaves on a self-directed world tour to teach and perform with her boyfriend of seven years Joe Reynolds and Korean violinist-looper and composer Joe Kye.

But before she exits Portland, Wong will perform a new solo choreographed by Katie Scherman with Kye and the Bravo Orchestra at Alberta Abbey on October 27 at 7:30 pm here in Portland. She will launch her website on October 25 as well as a fundraising campaign.

Wong is half Chinese on her father’s side and half Filipino on her mother’s side. She was born in...

What this UCI Alum Says About Her Tony-Nominated Role in "Come From Away"

“I learned so much about who I am and who I want to be. And at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, they don’t have a program to mold one into a certain kind of actor; they give you exactly what you need… UC Irvine was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.”

– Jenn Colella

UC Irvine MFA Graduate Joshua Romero on Playing Statue

Article by Rachel Lee

UC Irvine MFA graduate Joshua Romero works for an events company that requires him to stand perfectly still while painted to resemble marble, bronze, or gold.

"Telematic Bridges" music course links students in California and Colombia

In August, 2017, UCI's Trevor School partnered with Santa Ana High School to lead a week-long "telematic" course for two groups of high school students, one in California and one in Manizales, Colombia. The two groups of students and instructors were linked by high-bandwidth internet using cutting-edge audio software, and explored topics including digital audio collages and soundscapes, telematic performance, improvisation and conduction. Led at UCI by Music faculty member Michael Dessen, and joined in Colombia by several other instructors including Juan David Rubio, an MFA alum from the UCI Music Department, the course enabled students to interact across cultural borders and explore new perspectives on music making and technology

Hamilton Stage Management Team Slated for L.A. Panel

The Stage Managers' Association of the United States (SMA) presents IN CONVERSATION WITH THE HAMILTON STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM (Angelica Tour), hosted by Actors Co-op Theatre Company, a panel moderated by Joel Veenstra, SMA Western Regional Representative and Associate Head of Stage Management at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.